Ah, the manger scene! It’s one of my favorite memories of my childhood Christmases. From setting up the small nativity on top of my grandmother’s buffet to seeing the almost life-size nativity statues in church, I remember a sense of awe surrounding the baby Jesus’ creche and all of his human and animal admirers. The three wise men always looked so majestic next to the piously bowed heads of the sheep and donkeys.
Given the holy nature of the nativity, you wouldn’t expect such a revered set of objects to be made from things like bacon, marshmallows and shotgun shells, but these totally bizarre nativity sets are made from all that and more:
Photos and inspiration are courtesy of Mark Oestreicher, who is a partner in The Youth Cartel, which provides services and resources for individual youth workers and organizations. He’s also the author of Understanding Your Young Teen: Practical Wisdom for Parents, and in his spare time, he’s been adding to his photo collection of the tackiest and weirdest nativity sets of all time. Go check out his site to see tons more of the craziest, ugliest, most bizarre nativity sets you’ll ever set your eyes on.